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“Great time few niggly faults though”
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Hotel Yllasrinne
Ranked #3 of 3 Hotels in Yllasjarvi
Reviewed December 29, 2011

We stayed here a family of two adults and one child from 22nd to the 27th December and booked a Cosmos holiday.
The Hotel:
Location is perfect in a forest in the middle of nowhere,sledge run at back of hotel snow covered trees everywhere looks like Narnia. We stayed in a room pretty basic has a mezzanine floor for kids to sleep in (very steep stairs) a shower(good pressure) and maids cleaned everyday if you wanted (changed towels and made bed). There were no tea or coffee making facilities we took our own kettle. A drying cupboard for your snow suits. It was full board and the food was sometimes ok sometimes not the Gala dinner was not Gala. Breakfast was cereal,toast,ham and cheeses or some burnt streaky bacon and beans. Lunch was a bit hit and miss as was dinner. It was basically food to fill you up lots of potatoes always a soup and bread plus another dish spag Bol etc. Always tea and coffee at meal times aswell as the infamous berry juice. Bar prices were dear as you would expect. The hotel staff were very helpful whenever needed.
The cosmos reps actively encouraged people to sign up for the extra excursions which were a bit pricey. We had tasters of snowmobile driving ( pretty good) husky rides a little quick and reindeer rides (blink and you missed it) as well as a visit to santas summer house and santas village.
We payed to do the extra snowmobile rides(more for adults) and the snow village (interesting). These two came to the total same price as doing the reindeer ride which was very expensive.
I felt most of the cosmos reps were a bit disinterested once Xmas day was over and on the extra excursions I felt they wanted to be anywhere but there. Although having said that Elspeth always made you feel welcome and nothing was too much.
We had an amazing Xmas inspite of the food, the setting and the experience will never be forgotten. Just seeing the childrens faces when they see Santa irons out any problems you have. We loved every bit of it from building a snowman to riding sledges and seeing reindeer walking out of the forest.
My advice would be to take plenty of snack food crisps,cereal bars and a kettle. Be prepared to be very tired and don't expect too much from the food.

  • Stayed: December 2011
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Reviewed December 28, 2011

Christmas 2011 booked with Monarch.
Well organised for arrival and check-in. We were staying in a log cabin which was about a 5 minute walk from the main hotel.
Set in the pine forest with every amenity you could want. 3 bedrooms (1 double, 1 bunk room and 1 triple).The triple is up a steep ladder so be aware with young children although there is a safety gate at the top. Sauna attached to the bathroom was lovely. Kitchen and sitting area are smallish but as there were only 3 of us it was fine. If you filled this cabin with 7 people it will be cramped. The kitchen has full cooker, micro, dishwasher, fridge -freezer so everything you will need. Well stocked with cutlery etc.
The bathroom has shower only with good hot water and power. There is a drying cabinet also in there which is excellent for drying wet clothes.
The reason for giving this only 3 stars is because of the main hotel where you have meals. The food quite frankly is dreadful, with the so called christmas gala feast being the worst meal we have ever had. Childrens' menu consists of something and chips at every meal, and the adults meal has no choice and was usually potatoes and some unidentifiable meat in gravy or sauce. It was usually only tepid unless you were there as soon as they brought it out. There was no sign of any local dishes at all which was very disappointing especially as other hotel guests (non monarch) had a completely different menu. Monarch obviously feel this is what british people want!!
Monarch have organised excursions for extra fees and these are very expensive. Certainly to visit the snow village you would be better going by taxi. The snow mobile safari was good and a decent length and probably safer than doing it yourself as you could easily get lost on the snowmobile tracks. for 3 adults though it was approx £300.
The nearest small supermarket is 3 km away so walkable if you can brave it.
The larger shops in the next village are about 15 mins away by taxi or bus - taxi was €30 each way though!
Overall, don't stay in the hotel,as according to other travellers it is very basic, take as much food as you can with you and be preared to spend a lot when you get there.

  • Stayed: December 2011, traveled with family
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Reviewed December 13, 2010

We stayed for three days in a log cabin which come with an open fireplace, sauna and bedrooms away from early rising children (ours were 5 and 9 years old). The staff were fantastic and fun, Santa and his helpers were great. Meals at the hotel, a short snowball fight from the cabin, were always good and well prepared. If you intend to do all that you can (reindeer sled, dog sled, snowmobiles, Santa's workshop, etc as we did) then expect to be very tired.....but happy! Santa arriving on a reindeer pulled sleigh on the last night and giving out presents, individually selected for each child, was absolutely magical! Thanks to all involved.

  • Stayed: January 2010, traveled with family
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Reviewed January 26, 2010

Have just returned from a week in the Yllas Rinne hotel where we learned to ski. Ski school was fabulous and booking with Neilson gave us an extra day of equipment hire and lift pass for the final day. As beginner skiiers we found plenty of easy slopes to get us started at the resort. It was low season, so not many people in the hotel or on the slopes.

Hotel - rooms were basic, but clean and warm with nice views over the forest. Location is a little out of the way for downhill skiiers, as the resort is about a 50 minute walk away. However, for cross country skiiers it is ideal. Facilities (eg sauna) do not have advertised opening times, and appeared to be a little random at times. The hotel itself is quite isolated, and we agree with the distance of local shops.

Food - breakfast was standard hotel fayre, and evening meals were good quality but very limited in choice. The only complaint was evening meals were between 5 and 7, but the slopes were open until 7, so you did miss out on some skiing time. There is no option to purchase lunch at the hotel.

Bus - the ski bus collects from the hotel directly to the resort once every 2 hours (from 9.30am) and costs 3 euros per person each way. You can buy a weekly pass for 15 euros, which is well worth it. We did find this a little inconvenient as the day was centred around the bus timetable.

All in all we had a very enjoyable holiday, and will return to Finland, although probably not to this hotel.

  • Stayed: January 2010, traveled as a couple
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1  Thank hellsbells13
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Reviewed January 25, 2009

Stayed at Hotel Yllasrinne and were positively surprised! Hotel is basic but comfortable and the food is good (small choice on buffet but lots of homemade things e.g. cake for desert). Good quality of meat and fish served.

Perfect location for cross-country skiing as track network starts right behind the hotel. Flood light tracks, well maintained and lots of easy runs! Location therefore much better here then up in the resort where the other hotels are. Skiers are better served up the hill (e.g. Saaga) to be close to lifts but ski bus goes to Hotel Yllasrinne and stops in front.

Supermarket and a few restaurants/pub a good 30-40 min walk away but doable (alternative is bus - watch times). Supermarket in village Yllasjarvi is cheaper than (v small) supermarket up near Saaga Hotel. Also found that sometimes price difference if booking tours/activities - so shop around, Yllas Adventures in Yllasjarvi offer a better deal on some trips than for example Arctic Safaris up in the Sport resort (near Saaga Hotel).

From Hotel you can do walks (one of the huts that is near the x-country and snowmobile track) is also reachable on foot which we discovered at the end of our trip. If you are lucky you might see some reindeer there as they have a feeding area in front.

Went in low season in January and nearly had Hotel to ourselves which was fantastic! Spent lots of time in the Sauna!

Good idea if you like your hot drinks during the day is to bring a kettle to use in your room as nothing is available in the hotel during the day (other than bought stuff). Hotel staff nice and helpful but English a bit shaky.

  • Stayed: January 2009
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Reviewed December 25, 2008

Just returned from a four night stay at Hotel Yllasrinne Lapland. 13-17 Dec. Wow what an amazing time we had. Had expectations of what it would be like but these didnt even come close to how fantastic it was. My 7 year old son loved it, from sledging down the hill, to dancing with the reps, to burying himself in all the snow. Optional excursions are a must even if a little expensive!! Driving a snowmobile and leading a husky team was something else. Fantastic Cosmos reps who were very helpful and fun throughout. A truly magical trip to see Santa which we'll never forget.

K and J Isle of Man

  • Stayed: December 2008, traveled with family
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Reviewed December 20, 2008

We have just returned from a 3 night stay at the Hotelli Yllasrinne, with our two children aged 3 and 8. We booked in January, so had been looking forward to this trip for months. The trip was booked through Cosmos and we travelled via Gatwick. The fun began at the airport with Rudi and Hal, the friendly reindeer and husky who were waiting at checkig to greet us.The fun continued on the flight with chrismas singing to get everyone into the festive spirit. As we landed our daughter exclaimed that this was the best holiday that she had ever been on. The landscape was awesome. Neither of our girls had seen snow before, apart from the odd flutter. Our snow suits were collected at the airport, and the system was fast and efficient. The hotel is isolated. For us this added to the attraction. You drive deep into the forest to reach the hotel and the journey is magical.The hotel is quite traditional and small, but very homely and friendly. It was beautifully warm and comfortable. The rooms were of an adequate size with 2 beds accessed by what can only be described as a glorified ladder. Our 8 year old loved the loft, but it wasn't suitable for the 3 year old. The other two beds were on the ground level.The room had a fridge which we didn,t use and also a t.v. which we didn't watch. The bathroom had a shower (no bath) and a hair dryer. Generally the rooms were very quiet considering the number of children that were staing at the hotel. Every room had a fantastic view of the forest, it really was a winter wonderland. Some rooms had a balcony, but we didn't get one.

The food at the hotel was good. We are luckier than some parents because our girls will eat almost anything. The meals were a buffet afair. There was always a vegetarian option at dinner, plenty of salad, and hot meat and vegetables. Soup, bread and of course chips were also always on the menu. Breakfast was a continental affair, but also had either bacon or scrambled eggs. A 3 course lunch was also provided at the hotel every day. So no-one went hungry. The were also unlimited soft drinks at mealtimes. The bar was always available for snacks and drinks if you needed it. The prices were reasonable too.e.g. 3 euro for a toasted sandwich and side salad. Drinks were more expensive, arounf 5 euro for a glass of wine and slightly more for a beer.

All the cosmos staff worked very hard. They were sticklers for time, but that meant everything ran smoothly.The days were action packed. Every one has the opportunity to have a reindeer and husky ride, as well as snow mobiling, and tobogganing. All these were run within easy walking distance of the hotel and again the rides were all within the magical forest, absolutely beautiful!! There was some travelling to Santas village, which was near Kittila. They do have a web site that is worth a look. There are lots of souveniers available, but most of them were availble cheaper in the souvenier shop and and supermarket in Yllas, which they stop off at on one of the days. Hot berry juice and ginger bread is included on all the excursions.

Be warned to take enough cash with you as you are in a remote area. The hotel will exchange it for you, but the rate isn't very competitive.

Santa made quite and entrance at the last night feast, but I won't spoil that surprise. Our only one disappointment is that we didn't get to see the northern lights as the conditions weren't right. It was relatively warm during our stay (the temp didn't fall below -3 and we did have some heavy snow fall) apparently it needs to be much colder with clear skies

All in all this was a magical holiday and well worth the money. I do have to make a special mention about Charlotte, or Lotty to her friends. She along with all the other reps worked so hard to make this trip rememberable. Our kids were in tears leaving her at the airport (and I am sure she won't mind me mentioning, so was she) So once again a very heart felt thanks to Lotty for all her hard work. We'll definately be back again and I wouldn't change a thing, except maybe the chance to see the northern lights.

  • Stayed: December 2008, traveled with family
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1  Thank HelenSouthWales
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Address: Hotellintie 6, Yllasjarvi 95980, Finland
Location: Finland > Lapland > Yllasjarvi
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Spa Airport Transportation
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Ranked #3 of 3 Hotels in Yllasjarvi
Price Range: $107 - $206 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Hotel Yllasrinne 3*
Number of rooms: 50
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